- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Edmonton.
- Always use oven mitts or potholders to remove hot items from the stove or microwave.
- Use the back burners of the stove to prevent children from reaching up and touching hot pots and pans.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
- If you are overly tired, have consumed alcohol or medication, do not use the stove or stovetop.
- After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and appliances are turned off.
- Cooking oil combusts at high temperatures. Stay alert when cooking with oil and do not carry the pot or pan if a fire starts. Carefully slide a lid or cookie sheet over the flame to smother it. Do not try to douse the flame with water.
- If a fire starts in the oven, turn off the heat and leave the door closed.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS), in partnership with the Edmonton Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society (EFBTS), will be hosting Burn Awareness Week from February 2 to 8, 2020.
Last year, Edmonton experienced more than 55 fire-related injuries. There were 84 injuries in 2018 and 53 in 2017.
This year will be the first year EFRS has participated in a campaign around burn prevention and awareness. The theme is “Contact Burns - Hot Surfaces Damage Skin.”
If you have any questions about burn prevention, join the conversation on social media during Burn Awareness Week using the hashtag #burnawarenessweek. You can also visit our partner site:
Hot surfaces damage skin. Here’s how you can prevent contact burns around the home.
- The glass doors of gas fireplaces can reach extreme temperatures. Serious burn injuries from hot glass can happen in less than 1 second of contact. Use safety gates, install screen barriers, and supervise toddlers and young children around fireplaces.
- Glass fireplace doors remain hot for at least an hour after use. Make sure fireplace “on” switches and remote controls are out of the reach of children.
- Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least 3 feet from a fireplace.
- Keep matches and lighters up high and out of the reach of children in a locked or secure cabinet.
- Ensure hot wax will not make contact with anything flammable.
- Do not leave candles burning while out of the room and always remember to fully extinguish the flame.
- Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least 12 inches, or 1 foot, away from candles. Candles should be housed in a proper container in an open area away from any clutter.
- Allow ashtray contents to completely extinguish and cool before discarding into trash. Use water or sand to fully smother embers that may be lingering.
- When smoking, only use deep, sturdy, and non-combustible ashtrays to extinguish materials. Plant potters contain peat and organic materials that can allow ashes to smoulder and combust.
- Keep hot objects away from counter edges and out of the reach of children
- Have a conversation with your children about never handling hair appliances that may still be hot after use, even if not plugged in anymore